ABOUT THE ARTIST

Shanthi is a Maryland artist who has been drawing and painting since early childhood. Her interest in understanding different media has led her to experiment with sculpture, photography, printmaking and papermaking. She has also been trained in the traditional art forms of Kolam and Tanjore Style painting. While many of her works are influenced by her Indian heritage, her true inspiration comes from the mystery and majesty of the world around her; her muse lives where the scientific overlaps with the spiritual.

Shanthi’s works have been displayed in a variety of locations in the US and India. She won the Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Award in 2021 and Individual Artist Awards in 2013 and 2016 for Works on Paper. She was awarded the Individual Artist grants from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD in 2009, 2013, 2016 and 2020.  She also won the Maryland Traditions Master Apprentice Award to teach Kolam drawing in 2010. Apart from these she has also won numerous local awards and her work has been reviewed by media including the Washington Post and NPR. Her works are in the DC Art Bank, Montgomery Public Art Trust, Inova Cancer Institutes, Suburban Hospital and other private collections.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Ever since I can remember, curiosity has been my driving force, leading me to ask questions about everything around me. This has led to my constant explorations and experimentation of ideas and thoughts based on scientific and philosophical enquiry. Combining scientific fact and theories with my wild imagination has been fruitful in creating artwork that questions our known reality and seeking to learn more about the unknown.